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HARTFORD, Conn. — For the fourth time, lawmakers in Connecticut have introduced a bill that would allow terminally ill patients to request a lethal prescription to hasten their death.
House Bill 5898, presented by Rep. Jonathan Steinberg, D-Westport, is currently before the Assembly Public Health Committee.
The bill would allow those who have a terminal illness, defined as those who are in “the final stage of an incurable and irreversible medical condition that an attending physician anticipates, within reasonable medical judgment, will produce a patient’s death within six months,” to advise their doctor that they wish to obtain the life-ending drug.
“A patient who is an adult, is competent, is a resident of this state, has been determined by such patient’s attending physician to have a terminal illness, and has voluntarily expressed his or her wish to receive aid in dying, may request aid in dying by making two written requests to such patient’s attending physician,” the legislation reads in part.
The patient must provide the written requests no sooner than 15 days apart, and those serving as a witness to the submission may not be a blood relative, an heir, or an employee of the health care facility that is providing treatment.
The individual may choose not to advise their family at all that they have opted for physician-assisted suicide, as the sample text provided in the bill includes the option, “I have decided not to inform my family of my decision.”
The attending physician would be required to
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